Course Title: Troubleshoot amplifiers in an electronic apparatus

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: EEET7048C

Course Title: Troubleshoot amplifiers in an electronic apparatus

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6122 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email: vocengineering@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sukhvir Singh Judge
Phone: +613 9925 4470
Email: sukhvir.judge@rmit.edu.au
 

Kemps Cheng
Phone: +613 9925 4691
Email: kemps.cheng@rmit.edu.au

 


 

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

UEENEEE101A, UEENEEE104A, UEENEEH102A, UEENEEH139A AND UEENEEH114A, UEENEEH169A
OR
UEENEEG101A, UEENEEG102A

Course Description

This unit covers determining correct operation of amplifiers. It encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures, including the use of voltage, current and resistance measuring devices, providing solutions derived from measurements and calculations to predictable problems in amplifier sections/circuits.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH113A Troubleshoot amplifiers in an electronic apparatus

Element:

1. Prepare to troubleshoot amplifiers.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 OHS risk control work preparation measures and procedures are followed.
1.3 The nature of amplifier fault is obtained from documentation or from work supervisor to establish the scope of work to be undertaken.
1.4 Advice is sought from the work supervisor to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others.
1.5 Sources of materials that may be required for the work are established in accordance with established procedures.
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to carry out the work are obtained and checked for correct operation and safety.
 

Element:

2. Troubleshoot amplifiers.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures are followed.
2.2 The need to test or measure live is determined in strict accordance with OHS requirements and when necessary conducted within established safety procedures
2.3 Circuits are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures.
2.4 Fault finding is approached methodically drawing on knowledge of amplifiers using measured and calculated values of parameters.
2.5 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.
2.6 Fault finding activities are carried out efficiently without unnecessary waste of materials or damage to apparatus and the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.
 

Element:

3. Complete work and document troubleshooting activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
3.3 Justification for solutions used to troubleshooting problems is documented.
3.4 Work completion is documented and an appropriate person or persons notified in accordance with established procedures.
 


Learning Outcomes


Refer to Elements


Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities
You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for the 2 clustered competencies (UEENEEH113A, UEENEEH139A) and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.
• lectures
• Tutorials
• Practical exercises

Cluster Information:

This course is delivered in a cluster (Troubleshoot Amplifiers) in conjunction with UEENEEH139A (EEET7052C). You must enrol in both courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of all competencies UEENEEH113A and UEENEEH139A.
 

Elements and Performance Criteria for UEENEEH139A (EEET7052C)
1 Prepare to troubleshoot basic amplifiers.
1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 OHS risk control work preparation measures and procedures are followed.
1.3 The nature of the fault is obtained from documentation or from work supervisor to establish the scope of work to be undertaken.
1.4 Advice is sought from the work supervisor to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others.
1.5 Sources of materials that may be required for the work are established in accordance with established procedures.
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to carry out the work are obtained and checked for correct operation and safety.
 

2 Solve basic amplifier circuit problems.
2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures are followed.
2.2 The need to test or measure live is determined in strict accordance with OHS requirements and when necessary conducted within established safety procedures.
2.3 Circuits are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures.
2.4 Fault finding is approached methodically drawing on knowledge of basic amplifiers using measured and calculated values of parameters.
2.5 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.
2.6 Fault finding activities are carried out efficiently without unnecessary waste of materials or damage to apparatus and the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.
 

3 Complete work and document problem solving activities.
3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
3.3 Justification for solutions used to troubleshooting problems is documented.
3.4 Work completion is documented and an appropriate person or persons notified in accordance with established procedures.
 

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course and another clustered competency are mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with cluster of competencies UEENEEH113A and UEENEEH139A in the Assessment Matrix.
 

The classroom activities shall include the following:
Practical exercises and Project work on troubleshooting amplifier such as
• Following safety procedures in laboratories 
• Identifying various single stage amplifiers 
• Identifying multistage amplifier circuit configurations and their applications. 
• Measuring and calculating values of voltage gain and output voltage for single stage and multi stage amplifier circuits 
• Troubleshooting single stage and multistage amplifier circuits 
• Methods for testing assumptions encompassing such as visual inspection of the amplifier circuits 
• Dealing with intermittent faults in single stage and multistage amplifier circuits

Report Writing: Students will produce written reports on the project modules as per the specifications given and requirements.

Written Assessments on troubleshooting amplifiers, will include the following:
•  Determination of d.c. bias conditions for a single-stage amplifier 
• Determine the small signal terminal characteristics of single-stage amplifiers 
• Effects of coupling and by-pass capacitors in single-stage amplifiers 
• Operation of multistage amplifiers 
• Frequency response of single and multistage amplifiers


Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for the 2 clustered competencies (UEENEEH113A, UEENEEH139A) is detailed below:

WeekTopic DeliveredElements/Performance Criteria
1Introduction to OHS and the course
Small signal amplifiers.

 

 H139A: 1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.6
 H113A: 1.1-1.6

2

Characteristics of small signal amplifiers
Characteristics of Op amps
Open loop Configurations and Closed Loop Configurations
 

  H139A: 2.1-2.6
 H113A: 1.1-1.6
3Open loop Configurations and Closed Loop Configurations
Inverting Amplifier
 
 H139A: 2.1-2.6
4Non-inverting Amplifier
Adder
 
 H139A: 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
5

Subtracter
Integrator & Differentiator
 

  H139A: 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
6Comparator Circuits
 
  H139A: 2.1-2.6
7BJT and FET Small signal Amplifiers
 
 H139A: 2.1-2.6
 H113A: 1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.6
8Introduction of BJT
 
 H113A: 2.1-2.6
9 Types of BJT amplifier
 
 H113A: 2.1-2.6
10Types of D C Biasing
D C Bias for Single Stage amplifiers

Project issued
Due on week 16

 H113A: 2.1-2.6

11Small signal terminal characteristics (a c model)
Effects of coupling and by-pass capacitors in single-stage amplifiers
 
 H113A: 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
12Introduction of FET
FET amplifiers
 
 H113A: 2.1-2.6
13Effect of negative feedback on amplifier parameters and applications
 
 H113A: 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
14

 Frequency response of Single Stage amplifier
Bode Plot
 

 H113A: 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
15

 Final preparation of project
Revision

Due for the hardware of project

H139A: 3.1-3.4
H113A: 3.1-3.4
16

 Revision

Due for the written report of project 

 H113A: 3.1-3.4
17 - 18ExamExam


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Electronics Devices and Circuit Theory, By Boylestead, Prentice Hall Publication


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Laboratory Exercises
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 2: Project
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment 3: Final Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) :

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria CoveredLaboratory ExerciseProjectFinal Test
1.1xxx
1.2XXX
1.3XX 
1.4XX 
1.5XX 
1.6XXX
2.1XXX
2.2XXX
2.3XX 
2.4XX 
2.5XX 
2.6XXX
3.1XXX
3.2XX 
3.3XXX
3.4XXX

 


Assessment Tasks

  • Laboratory Exercises, 20%
  • Project, 30%
  • Final Test, 50%

The students will have written test to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge of amplifier circuits as detailed in the course.
CHD- Competent with High Distinction
CDI- Competent with Distinction
CC- Competent with Credit
CAG- Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC- Not Yet Competent
DNS- Did Not Submit for Assessment. (This grade is only to be used where the student’s attendance in the course has been ‘confirmed’ (but they have not participated in any form of assessment and did not withdraw by the census date.)
 

This is a progressive assessment consisting of the following:
Assessment task 1 (Laboratory Exercises): 20%
Practical Laboratories: The students will have to complete minimum of four laboratories as specified by the teacher for the practical exercises and demonstrate the understanding of amplifier fundamentals through the developed project.


Assessment task 2 (Project) 
Project : 30%
Written technical report as per the requirement and specifications for each of the project modules should be submitted by each student individually. 

Assessment task 3
Final Test: 50%  


Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEEE113A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEE113A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments1.11.21.31.41.51.62.12.22.32.42.52.63.13.23.33.4
Laboratory Exercise X X X X X X X X X X X
Project X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Final Test X X    X X X    X X 


Assessment vs UEENEEE139A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEE139A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments1.11.21.31.41.51.62.12.22.32.42.52.63.13.23.33.4
Laboratory Exercise X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Project X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Final Test X X    X X X    X X  X X


Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

                 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
 AssessmentsEA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6  EA2.1EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6 
 Laboratory Exercise X X X  X X X X X   X    
 Project X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Final Test X X X  X X X X X       
 ALL ASSESSMENTS (UEENEEH113A) 2 2 2 1 2 3 3 3 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
 ALL ASSESSMENTS (UEENEEH139A) 2 3 3 3 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
 0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element.
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.

Other Information

  •  Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 48 hours outside the class time.
     

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Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to
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Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application
for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.


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